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A Beautiful Star of
Japanese Wine

Hokkaido, Nagano, Yamanashi and Okayama.
All known for producing beautiful wine by making the best of Japan’s beautiful natural climate.
It is the passion and dedication of winemakers that helps bring out the unique character
of the grapes to make for a smooth and balanced flavor.
It offers a high quality and richness that satisfies the sensibilities of Japanese in search of beauty.
The name given to this wine is Grande Polaire, from the French Grande,
meaning “great” and Polaire, meaning “the North Star.”
This peerless star of Japanese wine is an expression of the beauty of Japan.
This world-class, beautiful Premium Grande Polaire shall weave
a new history for Japanese wine.

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Grande Polaire
Yoichi Pinot Noir

A locally produced Pinot Noir with a clean acidity made in the wonderful town of Yoichi

The grapes from the limited production of the single vineyard at Hirotsu Vineyard in Yoichi, Hokkaido are used to create a charming pinot noir with a unique fruitiness and clean acidity. The highlight of this wine is its gentle tannin and smooth, velvety aftertaste and its fragrance reminiscent of violets or strawberries. It offers a gentle, calming taste of which you will never tire.

Region
Hokkaido
A new winery in Japan that embraces the colder climate
Type of wine
red
Type of flavor
medium heavy
Type of grapes
pinot noir
Volume
750ml

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Azuminoikeda Sauvignon Blanc

A wine made with all of our dedication in the type of land we have been seeking

Our search for the perfect land and climate for wine grape cultivation brought us to the Azuminoikeda Vineyard. It sits atop a hill with a cool, windy climate an average elevation of 580 meters. Its wine features an aroma that has hints of white plum and boxtree shoots and a satisfying acidity. Its aftertaste, with a bitterness reminiscent of citrus peel, expands pleasantly bringing a fitting sense of completeness.

Region
Nagano
Nagano is suited for cultivating European-style grapes of high quality
Type of wine
white
Type of flavor
dry
Type of grapes
sauvignon blanc
Volume
750ml

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Dry Koshu

Japanese dry white wine that pairs well with Japanese cuisine and more

By fermenting fruit juice slowly at a low temperature, we drew out the rich aroma of the grapes, while the sediment allows it to continue ageing, adding depth and crispness. This dry wine features the characteristic fruity aroma of Koshu grapes and a gentle acidity.

Region
Yamanashi
One of Japan's foremost famous vineyards and inherits the terroir with a traditional
Type of wine
white
Type of flavor
dry
Type of grapes
sauvignon blanc
Volume
750ml

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Okayama Muscat Bailey A Barrelaged

A rich mellowness with a soft bouquet

Fully aged Muscat Bailey A are carefully selected from the co-op contract cultivated fields of Ibara, Okayama, and after they are slowly fermented, they are gently juiced and barrel-aged. This wine stands out for its round texture, soft bouquet and robust fruity flavor.

Region
Okayama
The beautiful vines here are cultivated under ample sunny weather
Type of wine
red
Type of flavor
medium heavy
Type of grapes
muscat bailey A
Volume
750ml

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About

The beautiful natural features of Japan are
interwoven to create beautiful Japanese wine

Our beautiful wine is made using beautiful grapes grown in the beautiful nature of Japan. Grande Polaire shines like none other as a wine that reflects the terroir of Japan. The flavor that comes from our four wineries and the unique character of each of our products shall become a roadmap for the future of Japanese wine.

Here, Japanese wine is refined through
the harmony of grape growers and winemakers

Grande Polaire seeks to speak to the terroir of each of our wineries. In order to bring out the unique character of our products, our grape growers and winemakers work hand-in-hand, sharing their knowledge with each other. From this, our treasured wine is created.

Wine that adheres to a Japanese sense of aesthetics
brightens the time we share with others

Our wine seeks to excite the senses while also being nourishing and satisfying. The pleasant time with Grand Polaire shall bring a deeper connection between people and the food we eat, as well as between the people with whom we share it.

Winemaker Interview
Masayoshi Kudo
Grande Polaire Chief Winemaker
“We do everything we can to create wine
that makes our grapes proud.”
“It is said that wine is a reflection of the land where its grapes were grown.”
“Our passion for creating Grande Polaire wines has focused on sincerely facing the natural conditions, the soil quality and terroir of our four vineyards in Hokkaido, Nagano, Yamanashi and Okayama. Grande Polaire places great importance on the characteristics of the variety of grapes used in its production. When coming back to these fundamentals, as we keep in mind the grape growers that rely on us, we are reminded of the words “create wine that makes our grapes proud.” Because we place such value on the unique aroma and flavor of our grapes, we focus on bringing out the special character of our terroir.”
“I believe that making wine is 80% in the grapes and 20% in the winemaker. Because there is a limit to what humans can do in our role in the process, it is vital to correctly grasp what kind of potential your grapes have and what kind of wine they want to become. Being able to accurately evaluate wine from the previous year and being able to observe wine over a long span of time are traits that every winemaker should acquire. ”
“In 2012, the Grande Polaire winery in Katsunuma went through a complete overhaul, having everything redesigned from their large-scale production equipment to their small lot production. Small-scale distillery wine tanks are being adopted as a measure to improve our ability to adapt to the yield of each row of grapes. Along with the painstaking preparations for small lots, we have prepared a specialized distillation system for premium wine, all in order to make Grande Polaire into the type of wine that makes our grapes proud. In 2018, we will be opening a new vineyard in Hokuto, Hokkaido. ”
“We continue to working on unlocking new potential for Japanese wine while receiving the message from our grapes growing steadily in the varied Japanese terroir and taking pleasure in creating our delicate and beautiful wine.”
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